“What is halal beauty” I hear you ask, and why do we need it?
The word “halal” doesn’t only apply to food and drink, but runs through every avenue of a Muslim’s life. Halal means that which is permissible under Islamic law, and when it comes to beauty products, there is no exception.
Muslim women need to know that what they are applying to their skin, or ingesting for the sake of beauty, is free from animal and insect derivatives, as well as being alcohol-free. As Muslims, we are obliged to pray five times a day, so potentially, we may need to make our ablutions (wudu) frequently. Raving fashionistas don’t want to remove their Chanel, Le Vernis nail varnish, MAC Pro Concealer, or L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick, every time we make wudu. We don’t want to choose between performing our prayers, and looking glam; we want both!
All hail halal beauty products and our opportunity to binge-buy like never before! Muslim women can now have quality halal products to rival our trusted mainstream staples. The advantage of being able to sparkle our way through the festive season and beyond, halal style, is knowing that going halal means being free from animal-testing, free from harsh chemicals, and often eco-friendly!
So, without further ado, here to enable a maxed-out look of glitter and shine, are 10 of the most popular halal beauty brands available online:
1. Amara Cosmetics
Amara Cosmetics are a U.S. based, all-natural organization whose products are certified by IFANCA (Islamic Food &Nutrition Council of America). They offer a range of water-permeable nail polishes, organic lipsticks, and pressed powder foundations. Check out their best-selling lip glosses, available in ten popping colors.
2. PHB Ethical Beauty
PHB Ethical Beauty’s products are handmade, 100% vegan, organic, eco-friendly, and ethically-sourced. What makes them even more special, and guilt-free, is that 20% of all profits go to charity, specifically The One Love Foundation. Additionally, they are currently championing a sight-saving charity by the name of Orbis, on a 10k run in Ethiopia. Their extensive, pampering range covers skin care, hair & body, cosmetics, perfume, and nails! Their Super Food Face Wash, and Super Food Skin Perfecter Bio Oil are a real treat before that big night out!
3. Inika Organic
Inika Organic is an Australian botanicals firm that ticks all the boxes. They are 100% vegan, cruelty-free, organic, halal. They have also been certified by the AIFC (Australian Federation of Islamic Councils). Free from nasty chemicals, they boast a fantastic range of eye-catching products, all in sleek packaging. Try out their Loose Mineral Eye Shadow in 17 look-at-me colors, and their Long Lash Vegan Mascara, a winner of the 2018 Glamour Beauty Awards.
4. Huda Beauty
Huda Beauty, founded by the fabulously stunning, Dubai-based beauty blogger-turned-entrepreneur, Huda Kattan. Although the products are not certified halal, Huda Beauty is on my list because their products are free from pork derivatives, and they are working on making all their makeup 100% halal. They are also a personal favorite of mine, as I love their false lashes! Check out their Obsessions palette, featuring seven amazing color choices. Additionally, their new Nude palette is packed with sparkles, and their Overachiever concealer, available in twenty tones, was voted “Best Product” by Arab Vogue.
5. FX Cosmetics
FX Cosmetics pride themselves on being an ethical, eco-friendly company, and only source ingredients from countries that meet their high ethical standards. FX is a U.K. company catering to all races, and all skin tones through their great choice of products. For party eyes, try out a choice of 10 glitter eye-shadows. To give that all-round, flawless complexion, the Mineral Foundation also has 10 tones to choose from.
6. Tuesday In Love
Tuesday In Love have a story worthy of true romance! Love is shown to conquer poverty when the founder, while writing medical exams and having no money to buy his beloved wife nail polish, decided to cook up their first water-permeable nail varnish in their own kitchen! Seven years later, and voila! They have a myriad of shades of nail varnish, a large range of lip glosses, matte and velvet lip colors, as well as eye makeup and foundation. As if that wasn’t enough, Tuesday In Love are approved by the ISNA Canada Halal Certification Services. Try out shades California Girl, and Pillow Talk for a fun play on colors!
Sampure are from my stomping ground, London! Winners of the 2016 Pure Beauty Awards, they are 100% vegan and halal certified. Sampure, like all vegan-certified brands, are free from nasty chemicals like bismuth oxychloride, parabens, petroleum-derived ingredients, and fillers. Be on trend with their popular Orange Mineral Blush, or go online and view their full makeup range to find your fit.
8. Halal Cosmetics Company
Halal Cosmetics Company are British-born, and promote the use of Astaxanthin, a natural antioxidant, in their products. Astaxanthin boasts anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging benefits, and is a naturally occurring pigment. Halal Cosmetics Company were winners of the 2015 Ummul Mu’Minin Khadijah Award for Excellence in Enterprise. Try out these two pampering products: Asta Revital Eyes for exhausted eyes, and scrub up well with their Luxury Organic Body Wash.
9. Vivian Kondor
Don’t think I’ve sold you short on the nail front, because we have plenty of halal choices here! Vivian Kondor is a splendid example of being spoiled when it comes to nail glamour! Check out their water-permeable nail polishes in “Imperial Red” and “Golden Beige,” two amongst many colors. Vivian Kondor are a budget-friendly U.K.-based retailer with a wide range of lipsticks, and nail polishes to suit every mood!
Lena is solely a nail lacquer company with a fabulously extensive range of water-permeable varnishes. The boast 140 fantastically-named varnishes to choose from in both glitter, and matte finishes. You can’t help but love nail polishes “Got Myself Into A Burkini,” and “In My Veil Kini,” just for the names alone!
And that concludes my top ten halal beauty brands, girlies, so get clicking as all these products are available via the company websites, and through Amazon. Staying halal, looking glam and party perfect is finally more accessible for the five-times-a-day fashionistas, and hijabistas out there!